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Balcony on the moon : coming of age in Palestine /

by Barakat, Ibtisam [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2016.Edition: First edition.Description: x, 217 pages : map ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780374302511; 0374302510.Title notes: YASubject(s): Barakat, Ibtisam -- Childhood and youth | Children, Palestinian Arab -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Youth, Palestinian Arab -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Girls -- Education -- Arab countries -- Juvenile literature | Arab-Israeli conflict -- Juvenile literature | AutobiographiesSummary: "Balcony on the Moon follows Ibtisam Barakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972-1981 and chronicles her desire to be a writer"-- Provided by publisher.
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Picking up where Tasting the Sky left off, Balcony on the Moon follows Ibtisam Barakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972 to 1981 and chronicles her desire to be a writer. Ibtisam finds inspiration through writing letters to pen pals and from an adult who encourages her to keep at it, but the most surprising turn of all for Ibtisam happens when her mother decides that she would like to seek out an education, too. This memoir is a touching, at times funny, and enlightening look at the not-often-depicted daily life in a politically tumultuous area.

"Balcony on the Moon follows Ibtisam Barakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972-1981 and chronicles her desire to be a writer"-- Provided by publisher.

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Horn Book Review

In this follow-up to her first memoir (Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood), and beginning where that book left off, Barakat leads readers through her adolescent years in the West Bank during the 1970s and early 1980s. Family and school are central to Ibtisams life, from sibling relationships to fighting between parents; from striving for the best grades to earning a coveted teaching qualification. The two threads intertwine as Ibtisams mother decides to return to school, starting high school when her daughter does, and when Ibtisam, on the verge of leaving for college, teaches her illiterate grandmother the alphabet. Although Israeli-Palestinian relations form an inescapable part of life in Ramallah, Barakat presents war and occupation from a young persons perspective, focusing on concrete details (such as checkpoints and the difficulty of sending mail to Arab countries) rather than the larger political conflict. The present-tense narration is jarring at first but allows for vivid, immediate prose (I think about that house every day, but it is no longer made of stone. Now it is made of memories) that creates a portrait of an innocent yet engaged young woman. sarah rettger (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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